The Union gets its first victory of the Civil War, Ronald Reagan is born, The Righteous Brothers hit No. 1, and astronaut Alan Shepard works on his lunar golf game, all on this day.
1998: Rock musician Carl Wilson, best known as a founding member, lead guitarist and occasional lead vocalist of The Beach Boys, dies of complications from lung and brain cancer at the age of 51 in Los Angeles, Calif. Wilson was the youngest brother of fellow Beach Boys Dennis and Brian Wilson and cousin of Beach Boy Mike Love and was still actively touring and recording with the Beach Boys and on solo projects at the time of his death. He performed lead vocals on a number of notable songs by the Beach Boys, including "Good Vibrations" and "God Only Knows."
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